This last Sunday the Dharma School Students performed skits to show the sangha what they had learned from this last year. You can draw your own conclusion of what was learned from the picture above. This marked the end of the school year for Dharma School. All of the students are now looking forward to… Read more »
Saturday June 1, Dharma Rain held is annual Sangha Appreciation Day. This is the annual fundraiser that helps fund Dharma Rain’s operations budget. Dharma Rain would like to thank everyone who helped us reach our goal of $20,000. By reaching our goal Dharma Rain is able to keep the costs of our programs low.
As we end Ango and approach the summer, the way we practice changes for many of us. Forms are reduced and relaxed as people go on vacations, spend more time outdoors, and often less time in the zendo. Genko explores some ways that we practice with this change, the value of it, and the vague… Read more »
This last weekend we had the pleasure of hosting Sue Moon presenting a workshop on her book, Hidden Lamp. The book is filled with stories of women of the way. The workshop included some writing exercises and and opportunity to share on an important woman in your life. Thank you to Gyoshi and Daiko for… Read more »
This Sunday Kyri Kengan Trieman, who is the guiding teacher for the Daoren Circle, will talk about practice when we are away from the temple. This talk was given Sunday, May 12.
Coming up in the month of June we have two important events. First, on June 1 we have Appreciating Sangha. Second, on June 18 Genzo-e starts. Appreciating Sangha June 1 is the day that Dharma Rain holds its annual fundraiser. It is an afternoon of Food, Friends and Fun on our Siskiyou Campus. “Appreciating Sangha”… Read more »
We put a lot of effort in our Zen Practice into examining who we are. Kakumyo speaks to the balance of knowing who we are, and still being curious to seeing new parts of ourselves. This talk was given Sunday, May 12.
Buddhists around the world traditionally celebrate the birth of the Buddha in the spring. Our celebration here at Dharma Rain this year is this coming Sunday. The children’s sangha decorates a bower for the baby Buddha to stand in, and then during morning service we all process together and pour sweet tea over the Buddha’s… Read more »
This last Sunday was the first Dharma Cloud Day. As the sangha has grown, some of our transmitted teachers have left the nest and started their own groups. Dharma Cloud Day was an opportunity for some of the transmitted teachers and sangha leaders to gather and introduce themselves and their sanghas. Most of the groups… Read more »
Come join us during this first day-long event honoring the Dharma Cloud lineage welcoming all affiliates and related practitioners. The morning will be devoted to sharing our traditional forms including an introduction of all the various groups attending, and a panel dharma talk by Kakumyo (DRZC Abbot), Domyo (Bright Way Zen), and Seido (Zen West… Read more »
Claire and Sosetsu are in Malaysia! Claire Lundy, lead teacher at Frog Song Preschool, was one of only 16 women chosen to represent the women’s USA Touch Women’s Rugby Open! She is playing at the FIT World Cup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Sosetsu is also there as a referee. We’re rooting for them! The World… Read more »
The Dharma Council led the spring forum, and reported on what we’ve been working on over the past 6 months and some new offerings for the coming months. Kakumyo reported on the status of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) program, and also gave a financial and debt repayment overview. This was also an opportunity… Read more »
There are so many ways that the world will say no to our desires. But we also say no to ourselves and to the world. How do we say yes? In Zen practice, there is a deep affirmation that we can bring to our everyday life as well as our practice. This talk was given… Read more »
We are on Denkoe Sesshin this week. It is a cloistered retreat, which means that it is closed from breakfast through dinner. Early mornings (5-7:20am) and evenings (7-9:25pm) are open for drop-in. Wednesday Work Parties Dharma Rain hosts regular Wednesday work parties from around 9am to 3:30pm. There is plenty of work for people to… Read more »
In the depths of winter it is easy to be deluded that nothing changes and the grey and cold will last forever. In the depths of adult life that delusion can arise as well. Yes, little things change, but nothing fundamental changes, we think. Drifting and dreaming, life passes by. The practice of zen teaches… Read more »
Three new residents are now on site. Kemyo just moved in. Zonnyo is doing a residency for the month of April. Kakuon is resident for spring Ango, that is, March, April, and May. We are enjoying having full dorms and lots of people at meals. In addition to these three, residents include Jyoshin, Ember, Genko,… Read more »